Mary McElroy
McGill-Toolen Class of 2011

By Rachel Robertson, Class of 2012

As a small town girl living in Robertsdale, Mary McElroy has always dreamed of living in the big city, and now she finally has her chance. Accepted to Barnard College in New York City, Mary has certainly made McGill-Toolen proud. Her hard work and leadership are exemplified not only through a rigorous course load but through varsity soccer and multiple clubs as well. Lettering in a varsity sport her junior and senior year, Mary has learned what balancing a schedule really means. Her commute to school takes an hour, and her soccer practice and homework often grow overwhelming. She explains that taking on so many responsibilities has taught her how to discover what is important in life: school, soccer, family, and friends. Even with athletics and academics, she always makes time for a social life. She credits McT for her Catholic education that readies her to face any challenge that may arise in the future. Devoted not only to God but to school as well, Mary serves in the Ambassador Club, National Honor Society, Scholars Bowl, Hi-Q Team, and The McGillian newspaper, using her impressive intellect to give back to McGill. She eagerly accepted the challenge of five AP classes her senior year, ultimately graduating with a 4.17 weighted GPA and 32 on the ACT. Becoming a National Merit Commended Student and voted Ideal Graduate of McT, Mary became the desired student of every college; she received an appointment to the Coast Guard Academy, was accepted to the Honors Program at Boston College, and was accepted to Fordham University where she was offered the Deanís Honor Scholarship. Despite all of her options, Mary was most attracted to Barnard College, where she will attend this upcoming fall majoring in environmental biology.

McGill-Toolen Library

Eleanor Marston BenzThe Eleanor Marston Benz Library is an active partner in the educational process at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. Its mission is to gather, organize, preserve, and provide access to the information resources necessary for the school to achieve its educational goals.

The McGill-Toolen Eleanor Marston Benz Library resulted in 1971 from the merger of the libraries of the former McGill Institute for Boys and Bishop Toolen High School for Girls, a prelude to the complete merger of the two schools in 1973. Eleanor Benz developed the floor plan and masterminded the herculean undertaking, then remained to be head librarian until 2002.

The Catholic High Schools Alumni Association of Mobile each year gives the proceeds from the Joe Perez Memorial Golf/Tennis Tournament to the library to fund technology needs and to purchase books. The alumni association also raised money in the 1994 “Finding Roots-Gaining Wings” capital campaign to fund the inclusion of a large conference room when the library was expanded. The room is utilized by administration, faculty, parent and student groups for various purposes.

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